Strategic Empathizing: Techniques of Bounded, Ambassadorial, and Broadcast Narrative Empathy

  • Suzanne Keen


This essay in the field of rhetorical narratology theorizes three varieties of authors’ strategic empathizing, adding to the understanding of the relationship among idealized authorial audiences and actual, historic audiences made up of a variety of real readers. Keen suggests that authorial strategic empathizing can be discerned by studying techniques of bounded, ambassadorial, and broadcast narrative empathy in novels.


Dieser Aufsatz aus dem Gebiet der rhetorischen Narratologie konzeptualisiert drei Formen strategischer Autorenempathie. Er trägt damit zum Verständnis der Beziehungen zwischen idealisierten auktorialen und tatsächlichen historischen Leserschaften mit einer Vielzahl realer Leser und Leserinnen bei. Keen schlägt vor, auktoriale strategische Empathie durch die Unterscheidung von Techniken eingegrenzter, diplomatischer und weit gestreuter Empathie zu beschreiben.


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  • Suzanne Keen
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  1. 1.LexingtonDeutschland

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